Pearly-White Pearly Whites

Woman smiling showing her whitened teeth

Teeth whitening is the world’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. In Northern Ireland, teeth whitening is also the go-to treatment when people need to add some glamour to their appearance for a special occasion, or to lift their self-confidence.

In Northern Ireland, teeth whitening is available from dentists such as Blue Sky Dentistry. It is very important to see a dentist for teeth whitening because the active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, while very safe, can be an irritant. In fact, it is now illegal in the UK for anyone who is not medically trained to administer teeth whitening.

The perks

So why is this such a popular treatment? Firstly, because it is non-invasive. Nothing has to be done in the way of altering the structure of the teeth for teeth whitening to take place. Secondly, white teeth are associated in our mind with youth and health, so whitening is a quick way of making people look younger and healthier. Teeth can be whitened in a controlled manner making them slightly lighter, or a few shades lighter, all the way up to B1, which is the name for the brightest, brilliant white shade available. The trick is to get to a shade that looks natural. Too white and other people might find a person’s teeth rather creepy to look at, too white and teeth can almost look blue.

Generally speaking, dentists offer 2 ways to get teeth whitening in Northern Ireland.

In-clinic whitening

In-clinic whitening takes an hour or so of lying back and relaxing while the gel, which is applied to the teeth after protective barriers have been put over the lips and gums, does it work, activated by a UV light. Some dentists offer movies to watch and music to listen to. Some even have massage chairs to relax in.

At-home whitening

This uses less concentrated gel. The patient does the treatment at home using custom-made gel trays, which they wear overnight or for several hours during the day. Treatment takes about 2 weeks to get results.

Teeth whitening is not permanent, but can last longer if patients avoid things like coffee, tea, and red wine and diligently brush their teeth after meals.